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Local NHS launches challenge fund to tackle digital exclusion in health care

Health Inequalities Challenge Prize 2022 - tackling Digital Exclusion
Health Inequalities Challenge Prize 2022

An innovative new challenge fund has been launched to tackle digital exclusion in healthcare across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Integrated Care System (ICS) is committed to tackling health inequalities, including those which are a result of digital exclusion.

Digital health and care innovation is beginning to transform health services, and the COVID-19 pandemic has increased the use of digital healthcare support. However, it has also shone a light on the inequalities of digital access to health and care services, as people who are digitally excluded are likely to be more at risk of poorer health and social care outcomes.

The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough ICS Health Inequalities Challenge Prize 2022 aims to tackle the digital divide in our communities and support the most vulnerable people in our community who are digitally excluded.

Jan Thomas, CEO Designate of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Integrated Care System said, The Health Inequalities Challenge Award is a great opportunity for local innovators to put forward their ideas for ways in which we can make health information and services online accessible to everyone. This will help to provide all of our local communities with more control over their health and reduce the inequity across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough."

Sandie Smith, Chief Executive, Healthwatch Cambridgeshire and Peterborough added, “Our Healthwatch is delighted to support this project. We know that many people are experiencing difficulties using online and other forms of technology. This is usually down to costs, skills and poor connections. This project will help build skills and confidence to help more people make the most of the opportunities that technology offers.”

Michael O’Toole, Chief Executive of CCF said, “We are delighted to partner with Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Integrated Care System on this important fund. The pandemic has highlighted how important being able to access online services is and ideas to support people within our local communities to tackle health and social care inequalities amongst disadvantaged groups are more crucial than ever.”

The Health Inequalities Challenge Prize encourages local innovators to help tackle health and social care inequalities caused by digital exclusion. The prize has been launched in partnership with Cambridgeshire Community Foundation and Healthwatch Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.

Individuals, groups and organisations wishing to apply must do so by 1 February 2022. 

Submit your application via Cambridgeshire Community Foundation here.

Any data provided by the applicants who are successful in their bid for funding will be held by the CCG in line with NHS Retention of documents (Record Management Code of Practice 2021).

Cambridgeshire Community Foundation (CCF) privacy statement can be found online at www.cambscf.org.uk/privacy-statement.html